Resources for Teachers

Web sites

Classroom activities, demonstrations, and lesson plans for all ages can be found at this site. Also find links for other Earth science topics.

How Volcanoes Work
This NASA-sponsored resource describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes. Includes great images and animations.

Magnetic Field Reversals
This site for the PBS NOVA program about magnetic field reversals has graphics, interactives and links for teacher resources, transcript and purchase of the show.

Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?
This Brittanica Web site for teachers has activities for grades 4–8.

Near Earth Objects
What is NASA doing about asteroids that come close to Earth? Tracking, missions, predictions and strikes are all covered at this site.

Classroom Earth
This is an online resource of the National Environmental Education Foundation to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans. Comes with geographical links, news articles and a resource library.

EPA Teaching Center
This is the EPA’s homepage for teachers, with resources (air, climate change, conservation, water, etc.), lesson plans, activities and publications.


Comets, Asteroids and Meteors (Space)
Author: Robin Birch
Publisher: Chelsea House Publications; August 1, 2002.
Comets, Asteroids and Meteors (Space) describes what comets, asteroids and meteors are as well as how they move through the solar system.

Mass Extinctions and Their Aftermath
Authors: A. Hallam and P.B. Wignall
Publisher: Oxford University Press, November 1, 1997.
This book discusses all the major mass extinctions that are known, making sure to mention all groups of organisms such as plants, animals, marine and terrestrial. It also examines the environmental, geological and sedimentological knowledge that is maintained about the extinctions.

Fate of the Dinosaurs: New Perspectives to Evolution and Extinction
Authors: Antony Milne
Publisher: Prism Printed Limited, December 1, 1991.
Milne discusses the beginnings of Earth and the morphology of dinosaurs. He analyzes and evaluates multiple theories on the extinction of dinosaurs and comes to the conclusion that the extinction was a consequence of evolution. Several of the theories he focuses on are discussed in MPSC’s “Extinction!”

Volcanoes (The Wonders of Our World)
Authors: Neil Morris
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company, October 1, 1995.
The author uses photos to help show how volcanoes are created, different kinds of eruptions and cone formations and why tsunamis often follow.